Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge: Sign Up

The 2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge is in the books, and Sandy and I decided we're in this for yet another year. Welcome to our 6th Annual Series Enders Reading Challenge. While the rules this year are essentially the same as last year, we did tweak the wording on a few and add some clarification so please be sure to check them out for a refresher.

This challenge is for all of you series readers who are scared to death of that last book in the series. You anxiously await it. You stalk it. You get your hands on it as soon as possible. But then…you put off reading it for fear that it might not be everything you thought it would be. Or, maybe you just have a backlog of series started and you need to finish that last book.

Join us in knocking out those pesky last books in a series. This is your chance. Here’s your motivation. Better than that, we have prizes!

Challenge Guidelines:
  1. This challenge will run from January 1, 2019 until December 31, 2019.
  2. Anyone can enter. You don’t have to have a blog just as long as you review your books somewhere: on your blog if you have one, Amazon, Goodreads, etc.
  3. Any genre, length, or format is acceptable as long as it is the last book in a series where all books in the series have been published and no more books are currently intended to be published in the series. If an author makes a decision somewhere during the year to add on to the series, we will count both the original last book in the series and the “new last” book in the series assuming the author isn’t going to write more than one additional book. Last book published in a series doesn’t count if more books are expected to be published.
  4. You can list your series enders ahead of time, but this is not required. If you decide to list them up front, feel free to change them throughout the year as necessary.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, please use the direct link to your post about joining the 2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge. If you don’t have a blog, please post about it on Facebook or Twitter and include that direct link as your sign up.
  6. You can sign up until December 15, 2019. This allows you to join the challenge at any time during the year.
  7. On the 25th of every month, we will post a wrap up on both Somewhere Only We Know and Words Fueled by Love with a linky for you to link up your reviews for the month. The monthly giveaway will be open until the next wrap up post goes up (ex. From January 25th to February 25th). For each link to a review, you will get an (1) entry into a drawing for that giveaway. This will be open internationally. Please link each review separately as each link in the monthly wrap up linky acts as an entry in both the monthly giveaway and the grand prize giveaway at the end of the year.
  8. Monthly giveaway prizes will be an e-gift card of your choice up to $5 (USD) from Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. While the challenge and giveaways are open internationally, please make sure that you can receive e-gift cards via Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. We want to make sure everyone has an equal opportunity to participate and to receive the prizes. Please remember that Holly and I are funding the giveaways out of our own pockets as something that we want to do, and we would like to continue to do so.
  9. If you miss a wrap-up post and giveaway, you can link your review the next month. Please do not try to link to one review twice. We will be verifying these.
  10. December will be the wrap up for the entire year. All reviews linked from January through December will be entered into a Grand Prize giveaway. Also due to Christmas, the December wrap up will post on December 23rd and will be open until January 23rd.
  11. You don’t have to follow Somewhere Only We Know or Words Fueled by Love to participate in the challenge, but you do have to follow both of us in order to be entered in the giveaways.
  12. Please make sure we have a valid email address or other means of contacting you if you choose to participate. Linking up to Goodreads is perfectly fine, but we have found that Goodreads is not a reliable source for contacting someone should you be selected as one of the monthly giveaway winners. This could be due to your Goodreads notification settings or Goodreads themselves could be at fault. We're not sure which. And since we want to make sure that everyone who is eligible for one of the giveaways will receive their prize should they win one month or the grand prize at the end of the year, it is up to you to ensure that we can contact you and that you respond within a reasonable amount of time (usually stated in the email notifying you of your winning).
Levels: (how many series enders you are planning to read)
Level 1: 1 – 5
Level 2: 5 – 10
Level 3: 10 – 15
Level 4: 15+

If you have any questions, please contact us at: Sandy's Email or Holly's Email or comment on one of the Series Enders blog posts on either or both of our websites.

To join the challenge:
  1. Write a blog post about joining the 2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge on your blog. For those of you who would like to participate but don’t have a blog, post about it on Facebook or Twitter.
  2. In your post, please include: the button, a link back to the sign up page, a link to both Somewhere Only We Know and Words Fueled by Love, the level you hope to achieve, and (optional) a list of the series you hope to complete.
  3. Place the button for the challenge in your sidebar (use the “grab this code” at the bottom of the post here).
  4. Link up in the linky using the direct link to your post/tweet/etc.
And that’s it! Welcome to the 2019 Series Enders Reading Challenge. Good luck!
This reading challenge is hosted by Somewhere Only We Know & Words Fueled by Love.


Like last year, we had to use Simply-Linked for the yearly sign up linky because InLinkz has made some changes to the basic package. The monthly link ups will be the typical InLinkz linky that we used for the past challenges.












Thursday, December 27, 2018

*ARC* - The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

The Simple Wild

By: K. A. Tucker

Published: August 7, 2018 by Atria Books

400 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Source: ARC from Netgalley

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
City girl Calla Fletcher attempts to reconnect with her estranged father, and unwittingly finds herself torn between her desire to return to the bustle of Toronto and a budding relationship with a rugged Alaskan pilot in this masterful new romance from acclaimed author K.A. Tucker.

Calla Fletcher was two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when her father reaches out to inform her that his days are numbered, Calla knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this new subarctic environment, Jonah—the quiet, brooding, and proud Alaskan pilot who keeps her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.

Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. As time passes, she unexpectedly finds herself forming a bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago.

It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.
MY REVIEW:
I loved the Alaskan setting for this story! I can't say I've never read a book with this setting, but if I have, it's been a long time. I'm much too cold natured to picture myself living in Alaska, but it's a fun fantasy world in my imagination. Add in a hot yeti man who flies planes and can survive off the land...it was the perfect stage for a great love story!

The dynamic of the story between Wren and Calla was believable, and pulled at my hear strings. Their story was the perfect picture of forgiving mistakes and learning to stop focusing on what was missed while learning to enjoy what time is left. It was a beautiful redemption story of a father and his (adult) child.

Last, but certainly not least was my happily ever after. Three months reading a story would've seriously sucked for me, had it ended in a depressing or not so favorable way. With my very limited time to read, it was a book I continued to return to...even though it took me three months to finish.

Overall I found it to be well written. It was emotional and romantic, a story about family, about sacrifice, about love and forgiveness, about healing, about taking risks and trusting your heart.

Favorite Quotes:
"...you can be angry and frustrated with him for his decision but still love and support him through it."

I've spent the last twelve years dwelling on all the things Wren Fletcher isn't. I should have had the guts to come and find out all the things he is.

Language Rating: 2 (medium)
Mature Content Rating: 2 (medium)
Final Rating: 4 stars

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge: December Wrap Up

Time for our final Monthly Wrap Up for the 2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since the November Wrap Up, Sandy finished one series ender: Long Live the Beautiful Hearts (Beautiful Hearts Duet, # 2) by Emma Scott. Holly hasn't finished any series enders.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the Grand Finale giveaway runs from December 25th - January 25th. On January 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.


PS...Holly and I are coming back for 2019, but we're having some technical difficulties with some formatting that we're hoping to work out this week. So be on the lookout for the sign up post ASAP. In the meantime, feel free to revisit the rules for 2018 as not much is changing for the coming year.




Monday, December 24, 2018

Verity - Review

Verity

By: Colleen Hoover

Published: December 7, 2018 by Hoover Ink, Co

250 pages, Kindle edition

Genre: New Adult, Thriller, Suspense, Romance

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity's notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn't expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity's recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen's feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife's words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

A standalone romantic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, releasing December 18th.
MY REVIEW:
I'd like to see a virtual show of hands for how many people finished Verity and said or thought "what on EARTH did I just read?!" This is one brilliantly scary, provactive, crazy, suspenseful, delusional story! My mind was all over the place trying to guess certain pieces, which I did, but I think that's intentional because Lowen, the main character, is doing the same thing.

It's also safe to say that I'm a scaredy-cat. There were 3-4 moments when my skin tingled with goosebumps and the hair on my arms raised and my heart raced. I even scared myself while in the shower one morning because of those scenes. This book made me all kinds of nervous! This is why I don't usually read or watch horror, thriller or suspense. But ya'll, this is Colleen Hoover! I couldn't NOT read it!!! I also couldn't put it down!

I don't feel there's much I can say without being spoilery and I don't want to do that. So I'm going to be vague and short on purpose.

This sentence from the book wraps up my exact thoughts perfectly:

"Which truth was she manipulating?"

Your mind will be blown by this book! You won't necessarily cry and your heart won't ache the way most of Colleen's romance books tend to make us feel. But you will feel you've entered a realm of dark depravity that you really don't want to consider as truth. There in lies the genuis of this story: What exactly is truth and what is the lie? Which manipulation is the worst one?

This book gets 5 stars from me, not because I was so touched emotionally like Colleen's books tend to do. No, this book gets 5 stars because of its brilliance equalled with moral depravity and the crazy train the entire story had my brain on, when many times I wanted off of, but couldn't stop!

Top Favorite Quotes:
You can't lok at someone the way he looked at me - with the entirety of his past - without also imagining the future.

Take care of your physical being. Feed it what it needs, what the conscience tells you it wants. Giving in to cravings of the mind that ultimately hurt the body is like a weak parent giving in to her child.

If an attraction is present between two people, those two people can only be one of two things. Involved or not involved. There is no in-between.

Language: 2 (medium)
Mature Content: 3 (high)
Final Rating: 5 stars

Sunday, December 23, 2018

2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge: November Wrap Up

Time for our eleventh Monthly Wrap Up for the 2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since the October Wrap Up, neither Sandy nor Holly finished any series enders.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the October giveaway runs from November 25th - December 23rd. On December 23rd we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.



Friday, October 26, 2018

2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge: October Wrap Up

Time for our tenth Monthly Wrap Up for the 2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since the September Wrap Up, neither Sandy nor Holly finished any series enders.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the September giveaway runs from October 25th - November 25th. On November 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.



There's no October winner as the only entry was from one of our hosts, and we're not eligible for prizes.

2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge: September Wrap Up

Time for our ninth Monthly Wrap Up for the 2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since the August Wrap Up, neither Sandy nor Holly finished any series enders.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the September giveaway runs from September 25th - October 25th. On October 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.



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